Taheya Karioka (1944) كاريوكا‎ تحية

This is Taheya Karioka performing in another scene from the 1944 Egyptian comedy film ‘Naduga’ (نادوجا). The film also starred Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin who’s the man who starts the dancing and then brings her into the middle of the circle. Also starring were Mohammed al Bakkar and Fardos Mohamed. Taheya Karioka plays Nadia, a local politician’s daughter who was lost in the forest many years previously. Nadia’s origins have been forgotten and she’s now known to everyone as Naduga (also spelt ‘Nadoga’). She’s protected by an 8 feet tall monkey and if there’s an Oscar for ‘Worst Monkey Suit Ever’ this one would win it.

Taheya Karioka (1944) كاريوكا‎ تحية

This is Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1944 Egyptian comedy film ‘Naduga’ (نادوجا). The film also starred Ismail Yassin, Mohammed al Bakkar and Fardos Mohamed. Taheya Karioka plays Nadia, a local politician’s daughter who was lost in the forest many years previously. Nadia’s origins have been forgotten and she’s now known to everyone as Naduga (also spelt ‘Nadoga’). She’s been raised by the animals and is now protected by an 8 feet tall monkey. (If there’s an Oscar for ‘Worst Monkey Suit Ever’ this one would win it.)

Taheya Karioka (1950)(2) كاريوكا‎ تحية

Taheya Karioka dances in another scene from the 1950 Egyptian comedy ‘Al Batal’ (‘The Champion’ or ‘The Hero’ البطل). The central character in the film is Batal (Ismail Yassin) and he’s been mistakenly told that he has only a week to live. As a result, he hurriedly marries his fiancée Sharbat played by Shadia and this scene is set at their wedding. Batal has hired Toha the bellydancer, played by Taheya Karioka, to dance at the wedding but in order to save money as he thinks he’s going to die very shortly, he’s also hired a troupe of professional funeral mourners to perform at the same time.

Taheya Karioka (1950)(1) كاريوكا‎ تحية

This scene is from the 1950 Egyptian comedy film ‘Al Battal’ (‘The Champion’ or ‘The Hero’ البطل). The film starred Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin along with Shadia and Zeinat Sedki. This scene is set in a nightclub where Toha the bellydancer, played by Taheya Karioka, performs.
Trivia: The elderly man in the audience wearing the fez and enjoying the performance greatly is Egyptian character actor Mohamed Kamal Elmasry (1886-1966).

Taheya Karioka (1959)

Taheya Karioka dances in another scene from the 1959 Egyptian film ‘Beit al Ward’ (بياعة الورد ‘House of the Rose’ but usually titled ‘The Florist’). The film starred Samiha Ayoub as Ward (Rose) a florist who becomes involved in the turbulent relationship between Imtithal (Karioka) and Ezzat (Mohsen Sarhan).

Taheya Karioka (1951) كاريوكا‎ تحية

Taheya Karioka is the dancer in this scene from the 1951 Egyptian film ‘Khada’ani Abi’ (My Father Tricked Me خدعني أبي) which starred Mahmoud Zulfikar (also spelt Zou El Faqqar) along with Lebanese diva Sabah and Stefan Rosti.  The male singer in this clip is Mahmoud Shekuku.

Taheya Karioka (1955) كاريوكا‎ تحية

This is legendary bellydancer and actress Taheya Karioka in the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Ahl al Hawa’ (People of Love اهل الهوى). In this film she played dual roles as both a ruthless gold digger and a kind hearted dancer. The film also starred Shukry Sarhan, Mahmoud El Meliji, Stefan Rosti and Shekuku.